Superman Day

I’m not sure why today is celebrated as Superman’s birthday since he actually made his appearance on April 18 but here we are.

Since today is a celebratory day for the big guy I thought I would share my love of him.

I first fell in love with Superman when I was 4 years old and one of my cousins brought over a comic book. I was hooked, I went on to discover not only Superman/Clark Kent, but Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant, Ma and Pa Kent and of course Perry White. I also found my way to the store and found Wonder Woman, the Fantastic 4, Spiderman and Thor.

I found a world that I could escape to, where I could live vicariously fighting the bad guy and discovering girls could do it in heels! What a revelation that was, I wanted to grow up to be a combination of Lois Lane and Wonder Woman. Fighting crime and writing about it, that was the dream, alas when we grow up we realize running around the city dressed in boots and spandex will get you arrested.

Superman has remained a constant in my life, I have always loved what he stood for. Truth, justice and the American way, I still love it, I do wish they could find someone who enjoys playing the big guy. I don’t think Henry Cavill enjoyed it, he didn’t look like he was having fun in those movies. Of course you can only do so much with the script and direction.

So here are my favorite actors who stepped into the role:

Christoper Reeve, first and foremost, he was the man, he made Superman his own and looked like he was having fun doing it.

Dean Cain, he play Clark Kent as the main character with Superman being the alter ego. Every other actor has done it the other way around. I like Dean’s best for that reason, Clark is who he was, Superman was what he could do.

Tom Welling, he was a really good young Clark Kent, just figuring out what he could do with those powers. His place in the world so to speak. Tom made the role his own and never donned the suit that we saw onscreen.

George Reeves, he was the first to don the suit for television. He did a great job, those are super fun shows if you watch them for what they were. Entertainment. All of these shows and movies are for entertainment purposes. George was also in my all time favorite movie, GwtW (Gone with the Wind).  He was a Tarleton twin, in the porch scene, with Scarlett.

Brand Routh also did a decent job, I enjoyed the movie he was in playing the man of steel. I do enjoy him more in Legends of Tomorrow, he does a great Ray Palmer.

There have been many more actors who have lent their voices to Superman in the animated shows. Which I also enjoy, I loved Superfriends as a child, I love Justice League now, yes I still watch animated programming at my age. I have zero shame in that, I realize I am an oddity, at my age, being this completely geeky, really more nerd than geek.

I wonder when Lois Lane is celebrated? I haven’t looked that up, I will tell you Teri Hatcher is my favorite incarnation of the character. She played her ambition and neurosis perfectly, she was equal parts steel, paranoia, chocolate loving person. Teri brought her to life and she was way more than an adoring fan of Superman’s, she was in the thick of things. Seeking her own truth, justice and the American way.

So there you have it, of course this is only my opinion and in this world it really is the only one that counts.

I hope everyone has a Super day and any comments, questions or criticisms can be left here or sent to me at angie@angieworld.com.

Go Owasso Rams, Take State!

I know I promised a review of Bitchie Belles, however I was sidetracked by Janet Evanovich’s latest offering. I haven’t laughed so hard reading a book since her last one.

Recently, several people, accused me of romanticizing Owasso, I plead guilty. Oh and this accusation will not change my romanticizing in the least. Just a public service announcement. Why is this important you ask yourself? well, let me tell you, my beloved Owasso Rams are in the State playoffs tonight, against Union.

I know, I don’t watch sports, but I do cheer for my teams, Owasso Rams, OU Sooners, OKC Thunder, I believe you get the point. I am a true hometown girl, no, homestate girl. I love my home state and will cheer for them all, I really hope the Rams win. Since yesterday was my Friday and it is Red day at work, I wore one of my Rams shirts. Today I will wear the other one. Showing support in this way is the very least I can do.

Let’s get back to the romanticizing of a town I haven’t lived in since 1987. Why do I do it, you might wonder, or not, I’m still going to tell you.

I do it because it was the place I finally had real parents, a mom and a dad who taught me so much. Who gave that unconditional parental love, which I had never had, yes, I had my grandparents, my great-aunt Effie and my many cousins and a host of aunts and uncles, but that does not replace that parental love.

I found a best friend that is literally my best friend for life, she and I are more like sisters than any bond I can imagine. Through thick and thin, miles apart and yes sometimes years without contact. The internet is an awesome thing and allows us to keep in contact way more. Through it all, that friendship remains intact, Owasso gave me that, something I cannot discount.

Owasso is the place I truly learned about God’s grace and forgiveness, I learned to be myself, my whole nerdy, geeky self.

I wouldn’t be the person I am without Owasso in my life, I shall romanticize that until the day I leave this earth. Then I will tell God all about it, He might be bored, because He already knows. The whole omniscient thing, He has that.

I can credit Owasso for me being the way I am, so if any of you have a problem with me, call the city of Owasso and tell them.

In other news, Christmas decorating is in full effect in this home, I am so excited, I have me and my fake boyfriend on the tree. If you follow me on Instagram or FB you can see us, together, hanging out, on the Christmas tree. We make such a cute couple, me as a snowperson, him in his Superman costume. So cute.

As usual, if you have any comments, feel free to leave it here or send it to me at angie@angieworld.com.

Losing Dean

Ok, so, this has to be a hoax, I just read on the Internet, that cannot be trusted, that Dean Cain is married! And it’s not to me!!! How can this be? How can Dean Cain be married and it not be me?

Pesky reality facts do not matter here; I am seriously wounded if this is true. Yes, I know, he has never met me, the likelihood of him meeting me are zero, however, this does not lesson my fantasy pain.

Oh, and yes, I do realize I am engaged to a real life man, like I said, details are irrelevant in this situation. I am wounded to my core! What am I supposed to do with this gossip?

You know it’s a sad, sad day when one cannot open a browser and see bad news. I fully believed he would be eternally single; waiting on me, the one, he would never meet.

I shall never recover from this betrayal of my fake boyfriend, like EVER. I have turned on my internal dialogue with a valley girl accent, yes, it is that bad. Superman has left the building, no, the planet, never to be seen again.

I shall mourn our fake relationship with all of the attention it deserves. And while I know the below photo is not Dean, it is Superman. Let us all take a moment to mourn the married state of Superman.

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My Man of Steel Review

I finally saw the new Superman movie; I have to say I went with mixed expectations. I had reviews that were not so kind, however, since I am an open-minded person, I decided to go and form my own opinion.
I am a superhero junkie; I cut my teeth on Greek and Roman mythology, making a progression to Egyptian and Norse mythologies as well. I was well versed in the hero world when I discovered Superman comics at the age of 6. I remember being entranced, fascinated, this could actually happen. A being not of this planet, sent here from his dying planet, he lands in Kansas, the heartland of America.
He receives his moral code from his salt of the earth parents; I have to say that Kevin Costner and Diane Lane did an excellent job portraying Jonathan and Martha Kent. We should all be so lucky to have parents that steer our morality while accepting who we are at the core of our being.
I was not disappointed by this movie, I am not going to give any spoilers, I will just give my thoughts and feelings.
Russell Crowe was a great Jor-El, we understand why he sent his son to save humanity, why he did the things he did. We feel sympathy for his mother Lara, having to put her son in a ship built for one. Not knowing who was going to raise him, would they love him, accept him, nurture him and help him grow to be the man he needed to be. The ultimate sacrifice made by a birth mother, to give her child to the unknown when she was not able to be there for him.
I read reviews that said there were no moments of humor, however, I saw several moments, they were subtle, but there. Perhaps the reviewer didn’t have a sense of humor, or needed it to be in your face humor. Either way, this was a good movie, a good reboot, of course no one will ever take the place of Christopher Reeve, his Superman is iconic. Unrepeatable, lightening in a bottle, as it were, one of a kind.
This movie does not try to be something it’s not, it is refreshing, Amy Adams is a good Lois Lane.
Lois Lane was my second female role model, the first being Lt. Uhura, Lois Lane made me want to become a girl reporter. She was fast talking, cigarette smoking, in your face, give me an answer woman. She first inspired me to write, my mom was my second writing inspiration.
All in all, I recommend you see this movie, whether you are a novice Superman fan, or a die-hard, comic reading nerd of a fan, like me.

Never Changing Obsessions

Things I am obsessed with all of the time:
Weather, I am obsessed with weather, all kinds of weather, except for the dry hot summer weather. I like storms, clouds, cold fronts and above all snow. I like tornado season as well, and yes I know I will get some flack for that, I know it causes damage, but to see this thing, this force, that man cannot control, that does what it wants. It is an amazing thing to witness, and yes I have been through plenty of storms and tornado seasons. I grew up in tornado alley perhaps that is why I find them so fascinating.
Aliens, space aliens that is, I am completely fascinated with the thought that we are not alone; I do not believe that we are God’s only creation. I fully believe that there is other life out there; I also think that there is intelligent life out there. I am fascinated with the thought that they could come find us, visit us, and hopefully not see us as food. Since I was very young I have been obsessed with anything that has to do with something more out there. It started with Star Trek and has continued to this day with, really all programs, movies, documentaries, books, anything at all. We are not alone and one day we will see the proof.
Coffee, I am obsessed with coffee, which also started at a young age, my grandma used to give me coffee milk, it started then, I was hooked. I love coffee, the smell, the taste, the way it envelopes me and comforts me. I will never give it up, I will never switch to decaffeinated either, that is worthless, for me at least. I need the caffeine, I revel in it, it gives me comfort, I am convinced when I die and they do an autopsy they will find caffeine flowing in my veins.
Television, I am obsessed with television, I always have been, I always will be, I love it. Not reality shows, but scripted, well written, well acted television. Campy television is good as well; escapism at its best, television is one of the best inventions ever. In my opinion it is up there with the printing press, yes it is that important in my life.
The written word, I am obsessed with books, real books, written on paper, not electronic ones, those are nice as well, I have an tablet and have downloaded books, however there is no replacement for holding a book, turning the pages, it is an experience that should never be lost. With the world turning more to electronic devices I hope books do not go the way of newspapers, they are a dying form. I love the smell of the paper, the ink, everything. I love book stores, especially used book stores. There is something about them that just makes me happy.
Superheroes, I have always been obsessed with them, from the Greek mythologies to comic books, there is something about them that appeals to me. Especially the flawed ones, no one does a flawed superhero better than Stan Lee. His are exceptional, the Marvel universe is simply awe inspiring, I love them. Superman is my number one hero of all time though, I mean seriously, he is an alien who can fly and he wants to save the world. That appeals to me on many levels.
These are just a few things that never change about me, my obsessions, I many, and some change, but these do not.

Headache

I have a raging headache, I hit my head on my desk yesterday, I was getting something I dropped and hit my head. I don’t even know if I am coherent at this point.
I would like to say thank you to the men and women who work the polling places, they deal with a lot of people all day long, some pleasant, some not so much. By the time I arrived they had been there since 7:00 am, they were all pleasant and helpful and had smiles on their faces. I appreciate their willingness to be there all day and in some instances learn a new skill. They now use laptops, scanners and card readers, it is a whole new skill set since the majority of these workers are elderly. They were wonderful, pleasant and kind, I love you all.
I spent my evening watching old episodes of Lois and Clark; The New Adventures of Superman, the episodes: ones where Dean Cain is in that black spandex outfit. I thought I had just about died and gone to heaven. My favorite episodes, he looks so awesome in that thing, I wonder if he got to keep it. Food for thought my friends, I bet he would still look good in that thing.
I am really wanting Cheetos right now, yes for breakfast, I want some, I need some, I am so happy I don’t have change so I can’t go to the vending machine. I have fruit and yogurt and I shall stick with that, never fear, I am determined to be 98 pounds. Maybe if I locked myself up for a year and just lived on cardboard I could achieve that goal. But I don’t think that is gonna happen, especially with our November Ladies that Lunch being this Saturday. We are trying a new place and I cannot wait, it looks amazing.
I shall sign off for now, I have a headache and I have to make it go away, coffee wont help this one as it is a bump on the head causing it. So no self medicating with caffeine.

Dean Cain and Voting

People overshare. It’s a statement, not a question; once again I blame social media for this phenomenon that is happening. I have to be honest I long for the days when people didn’t talk about their personal ailments, by that I mean personal, private medical issues, embarrassing medical issues. I do not share what my issues are, except my arm hurts right now, I don’t know what is wrong with it. Other than that, if there is something else going on, I will not be announcing it on Facebook, Twitter or here for that matter.
Whew, I feel better, now, on to better things, Alex called me last night and said “Mom, you are going to be so proud of me.” Since this was Alex, I held my breath, it could be anything, he then said “I voted today”. I am so proud of him! He exercised his American right and made his voice known. It is his first presidential election and I am so proud he voted. I asked him if he got a sticker and he did not, I also asked if he took a picture and he said he started to but thought they might frown upon that.
I will be voting on the day of, I am a purist, no early voting for me, I even took two hours off to make sure I had enough time to hit the voting site.
So yesterday I went home and watched an episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, featuring Dean Cain in blue tights. Best. Evening. Ever. Dean Cain still the prettiest man on the planet earth, I don’t know if he is just aging well or if he has good doctors and I don’t even care. I love him with my whole teenaged soul heart. Yes, I know that is the biggest mess of a sentence, however, I don’t care.
Not a lot exciting going on today, will be working and then going home to watch Castle so BBFF (Jess) and I can discuss it, as he is bursting at the seams to tell me all.

How Lois and Clark Helped Me

Lois and Clark, the New Adventures of Superman comes on Sunday nights now, I love that show. Probably not for reasons that everyone likes to make fun of me for.

You see when this show debuted I was a new single mother, and had just had to give up the home I was raising my children in. We had to move to a much smaller townhouse, out of the neighborhood we loved, away from the house I brought two of my children home to.
I was working at the mother’s day out at church and babysitting to make ends meet, it was not feasible to get a job as I was not qualified for anything. Anything I was qualified for would not have paid the daycare for the two youngest children.
I know they don’t know or remember, or care to know, but it was very bleak at that time, there were weeks where we only had $20.00 to get through the week. Between God and Lois and Clark I got through it. We survived and lived to tell the tale. Watching Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher once a week gave me an outlet, I had always been a fan of Superman. From the time I was about 4 years old and discovered comic books. He was my favorite, I wanted to be Lois Lane, girl reporter. She was everything I wanted to be, intrepid, adventurous, curious, courageous and intelligent. I wanted to be all of those things, I wanted to face life with a curiosity, and a verve for living, I wanted to wear cute clothes and dig for the truth. Most of all I wanted to be rescued by a superhero.
That was never to be, oh I have the cute clothes thing down, but the being rescued by a superhero part, well that never happened. I rescued myself and my children from a life of poverty, I made the best life I could for them, going to college, getting a job with a major telecommunications company.
But I never forgot Lois and Clark, the show gave me escapism once a week from our seemingly bleak life. It gave me hope that something better was out there, I will be forever grateful to Deborah Joy Levine for creating this program. I know it sounds a little silly, but when you have no hope, you don’t want to burden your friends with the reality of your life, sometimes it is something simple that can give you strength to go on.
I think that is why I am so loyal to both Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain, they gave me so much at a time when I had so little, the least I can do is watch their shows on television now. With the exception of the dating show. Dean, I will not be watching it, it is not watchable, I am still disheartened by it.

Scattered Thoughts

I sit here staring at the whiteness of it all, the blank page, the nemesis of anyone who considers themselves a writer. While I know I am not a writer in terms of being published, you must admit I am prolific in my attempts at being a writer.

This morning there is a lot on my mind, maybe too many things to choose from, do I write about the dream I had last night? I was with the cast of The Walking Dead only it wasn’t a show, it was real and we were all living in a school and I had Tessa with me. We had to stay in the classrooms in the middle during the night and not turn on any lights as it attracts the zombies. Or do I write about my feelings of inadequacies at being a parent? So many conflicting emotions are warring within me at the point in time.  I continually question every decision I have ever made since becoming a parent. Did I do it all the right way? Did I really do the best I possibly could? So many questions, so many doubts. One thing I never have doubt in, is my children and their ability to overcome, adapt and succeed. They are truly remarkable, I can only take a minimum amount of credit, they were all born with the personalities that they have. The only thing I can take credit for is their strange television viewing habits.

Do I write about my obsessions with superheros? I am continually fascinated by all of them really, I have some that are more loved than others. Superman continues to be a favorite, I have loved him since I was 3 years old, Batman, not the dark knight one, the campy one, I love him, Wonder Woman, I want to be her. Thor, god of thunder come to earth, who doesn’t love that. I continue to this day to be fascinated by them, I know there is some debate regarding DC vs Marvel heroes and heroines, however I love them all.

Since I am so scattered today in my thinking I will sign off for now, tomorrow is a new day, a special day here in America. Where we honor all of our fallen heroes, the real ones, the ones that gave their lives defending our freedoms. More to come tomorrow.

Weather Gratefulness and Dean Cain News

Yesterday was a horrible weather day here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I am grateful that seemingly no lives were lost. Reports of injuries but no deaths, this is a total praise God day. With the videos of the 18 wheelers that were flung in the air as if they weighed nothing, the tornado that hit the elementary school in Forney, with children inside, only 5 injuries, none life threatening. Yesterday was a miracle people, a flat out miracle, and we should all be grateful. Where I work, we spent two hours in a closet, well four of us were in that closet, some were in the stairwell, bathrooms and a breakroom in the middle of the building. All handled it with humor and patience, most of the time was spent texting loved ones in hard hit areas to find out if they were ok. Yes, they were, one man, his mothers neighbors on either side were hit and the house across the street, hers had minimal damage to the roof, that was it, she was the only one home at the time. The neighbors were all at work, she was not hurt and very little damage to her home. Very grateful indeed.
Tomorrow is my second fake celebrity interview and I am very nervous, I am not going to tell you who it is yet, just know, MAJOR childhood, teenage crush. So excited!
OMG speaking of crush, Dean Cain is making a movie with Charisma Carpenter, how amazingly cool is that! I wish I were her! She tweeted a picture of the two of them, I will say it again he is still the prettiest man I have ever seen in my entire life. I wonder if he still has the Superman costume? I will have to ask him that if I ever work up the nerve to fake interview him.
That’s all for today folks, I am off to work for da man. Bahahahahaha

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